Skyvision Embraces Digital Villages As Competition Stiffens

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Nairobi — Internet service provider SkyVision Global Networks LLC is diversifying into digital villages equipped with computers and internet connectivity as competition in the sector stiffens.

The change of strategy will see the company offer services targeted at the mass market as opposed to the corporate sector, which it has been serving for the last eight years.

The change comes as ISPs start to feel the heat from telecommunication service providers who can now offer internet services directly to end users aided by a new licensing regime that came into effect last year.

It also comes at a time when most telecommunication service providers have migrated from satellite to fibre optic, which is cheaper, thinning the revenue of satellite providers such as SkyVision.

Satellite service providers were charging as much as Sh362,024 per megabyte per month before the country was connected to fibre optic cables through the entry of three cables -- Teams, Seacom, and Eassy - which has seen the prices drop to Sh32,180.

Speaking at a corporate network solutions seminar in Nairobi, SkyVision vice president for marketing Itai Glamor said the firm would develop digital villages in Kenya.

"We have been offering internet support for corporate clients for the last eight years, but we are now changing tact by engaging in the digital villages initiative from the front," said Mr Itai.

"As internet providers, we have literally every corner of Kenya within our reach. We feel we will have an important role to play in getting ICT to the grassroots and within reach of every Kenyan."

Virtually impossible

SkyVision also intends to move to counties.

"Delinking the digital villages from county governments is virtually impossible and we wish to jointly engage stakeholders in these two ICT touch-points to ensure every Kenyan is within reach of internet and the benefits it brings to them," said Mr Itai.

Other companies with interest in the digital village initiative include Safaricom, Zain Kenya, Copy Cat, and Telkoms Kenya.